Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clarion County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Clarion University plans to let go up to 40 employees campuswide — including 22 faculty — and dissolve its college of education under a broad restructuring intended to offset sharply lower state aid, rising costs and enrollment losses.
The job cuts are part of a two-year workforce plan that university president Karen Whitney and other administrators say was drafted to help Clarion correct budget problems and position the state-owned university with 6,500 students for the future.
The plan discusses areas where Clarion intends to add resources, among them nursing, and other areas recommended for elimination, including music education. It says departments and programs within Clarion’s College of Education and Human Services would be reorganized into other schools.
The idea is to ensure that Clarion by July 1, 2015, can meet future challenges and “continue serving students, employers and community partners as a public university,” the 32-page document states.
Someone went through our complex today slapping Rupert flyers in the hallways of the buildings. The hallways were just painted and the wet paint signs are still hanging up!
There are only six apartments in this complex out of one hundred and four with elementary school age children according to our Leasing Manager. Most people who live here are senior citizens or do not have children. That was a complete waste of time and paper. So thanks for junking up our hallways with your flyers!
As for the proposed sale of Franklin School to a group who will open a private high school for problem teens, we all saw the article in The Fishwrap so photocopying it on a flyer and littering up the North End was a waste of time and paper. I DO NOT see that concept getting approved. Scare tactics!
If you want to get behind the real problem in Pottstown you should be focused on drugs and crime related to drugs. That is doing more damage to Pottstown than any elementary school closing will ever do!
UPDATE! Many thanks to SavePottstown!! for investing this matter and reporting it to the authorities!
Additional Update – Today’s Fishwrap includes coverage of the Pottstown School District Finance Committee meeting that was held on Thursday evening. Evan reports that the board showed little interest in selling the Annex to Delaware Valley High School to educate “troubled” Reading teenagers. Dr. Lindley revealed that he did not give a tour of Franklin School to the DVHS group. Dr. Lindley told the DVHS group that Pottstown does not have the need for this type of program for our own students. So as you see, now that the facts are presented this whole hysterical campaign about Franklin School was just that…hysterical. It would be nice if we gave Dr. Lindley and the School Board some credit for having a brain before rushing to incorrect conclusions and whooping the community into a frenzied lather over something that was never going to happen!